June is actually not any different from other girls. She is not interested in boys, that's all. Her parents do worry that her age is catching up with her, though. She is already 28 or 29.
Who cares? Age is only a number, not a measuring stick. And yes, she is not a girl, but already a woman. It's not that she hasn't tried.
Or did she? How can you try when there are so many things to do in life? So many things to learn and discover and do and make and travel. Yes, travel. Oh, she'd like that a lot.
Travel to places she hasn't been. Why hasn't she done that? Oh, she has a job, parents, and her four siblings who still rely on her and her money, that's why.
That is probably also why she doesn't have time to date or find a guy. She simply doesn't have the time nor the luxury for she knows the tremendous energy she has to put in a relationship.
First comes dating, then breakup, and more dating, and even if she does get asked.
She will need time to ponder about living with that person for the rest of her life - sharing a home together, eating together, doing each other's laundry, and sharing the same bed!
That is horrible, indeed.
June imagined her older self traveling around the world -first with her camera eyeing on the splendors of new settings, then holding her summer hat blowing in the wind,
then walking the old pebbled streets of Paris with a cane. Older every time, yes, but all to her heart's content and all by herself. She didn't mind.
"Wake up!" June's mother would say.
Her mom has even infiltrated her mind. That was so loud and with so much force that she had to shake herself.
She looked at her Christian Bale poster, her favorite actor who not only played cool batman in its eponym, a psychopath you hated yourself for loving, and charming Alfred in the Prestige.
Okay, those are just too few to name all the characters he was so marvelous at. But he does not exist. He cannot, for he must resort to being a plain man at the end of the day.
A plain man with faults and sweat odor. And if he does ask for June's hand, she would be disappointed in him for not having stayed true to his wife.
Loyalty is the most important thing in a man. Thou shall not love another woman when you are married to one. Thou art bound... as in bondage, as in slavery.
For June cannot love a man who broke a love promise. No, June will not and cannot accept Christian Bale's hand in marriage. Even a man as beautiful as Christian Bale.
June started googling.
Qualities of a good man:
And she found:
7 Qualities of a Good Man to Marry
He has more than just a pleasing personality. ... yes, he should actually care.
He has established his own disposition. ... most definitely, he should have accomplished something already and made a ton of money.
He knows how to make you smile, and keep you secure. ... yes, please do make me happy. Every single day.
He thinks about your future, not just your future together. ... isn't this what let's grow old together mean when we propose? But I think I can take care of my own future.
He cares about your family. ... most definitely should, for he signed up for it.
He values your happiness and your individuality. ... and I will value yours.
He knows that it takes two to tango. .. yes, both ways. We shall dance and sing and travel.
But how is it that the list doesn't include other qualities, the really important ones? June started writing.
Loyalty ... stay true, Christian Bale. I'll love you from afar.
Honesty ... you can be all pleasing and caring, but also honest. No secrets.
Intelligence ... most definitely. He ought to continue enjoying learning and reading even if he had already made something of himself.
Emotional intelligence ... like a disciplined boy scout who his friends look up to.
Brawn ... like Christian Bale in American Psycho and Batman. For a man should work on all the faculties God has given him.
Is this too much to ask?